- Series: Mistborn (Book 3)
- Mass Market Paperback: 760 pages
- Publisher: Tor Fantasy; First edition (April 28, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765356147
- ISBN-13: 978-0765356147
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 922 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Hero of Ages: Book Three of Mistborn Mass Market Paperback – April 28, 2009
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“This adventure brings the Mistborn epic fantasy trilogy to a dramatic and surprising climax. . . . Sanderson's saga of consequences offers complex characters and a compelling plot, asking hard questions about loyalty, faith and responsibility.” ―Publishers Weekly on The Hero of Ages
“Transcendent!” ―Romantic Times BOOKreviews on The Hero of Ages
“Elantris is the finest novel of fantasy to be written in many years. Brandon Sanderson has created a truly original world of magic and intrigue, and with the rigor of the best science fiction writers he has made it real at every level.” ―Orson Scott Card
“Elantris . . . is marked by vivid and strongly drawn characters (including a memorable female character) and ingenious plot twists that will keep the reader turning pages. Don't miss it!” ―Katherine Kurtz, New York Times bestselling author of the Deryni series
“Sanderson's outstanding fantasy debut . . offers something for everyone: mystery, magic, romance, political wrangling, religious conflict, fights for equality, sharp writing and wonderful, robust characters. . . . The intrigue and excitement grow steadily in this smoothly written, perfectly balanced narrative; by the end readers won't want to put it down. . . . Sanderson is a writer to watch.” ―Publishers Weekly, (starred review)
About the Author
Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. He is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn® trilogy and its sequels, The Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, and The Bands of Mourning; the Stormlight Archive novels The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance; and other novels, including The Rithmatist and Steelheart. In 2013, he won a Hugo Award for Best Novella for The Emperor's Soul, set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris. Additionally, he was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time® sequence. For behind-the-scenes information on all of Brandon Sanderson's books, visit brandonsanderson.com.
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I wonder if reading these volumes will influence some reader's spiritual views. If so, may it give them faith, trust, and strength. Mine were formed decades ago and no earthly being such as Sazed defined the world I understand. But every quality and admirable characteristic in the heroes of this work by Sanderson are those I recognize in the Source of my faith.
The story picks up two years after in last book and the characters have undergone some changes though at heart they are obviously the same. Some characters, like Spook, gain in importance and personality and, as May be expected, others are dealing with their emotional reactions to the trials they have been through to this point. This may be Sanderson's greatest strength as story-teller... his characters actually CARE that they are going through unusual circumstances and it actually affects their personalities and emotions. There is no blithely murdering tens or hundreds of individuals and grabbing a beer to wash down the blood.
Quite different from the previous books. Moreover, Sanderson is good at doing that; different sequences. Big surprises. In this book the pleasure lies not so much in politics as in the previous book, but in the evolution of the world and its races, and the explanation of how these creatures emerged.
Unlike Starwars, for example, in which we have the fiasco of Midclorians, Sanderson delightfully and plausibly explains how the races were created, their purpose and the very evolution of the character of the Lord Ruler, his thoughts when building the world in that form. What is weird at the beginning, starts to make sense, and we begin to feel empathy even to the most terrible characters.
My step behind is perhaps to the character Sazed , which has many dull conversations to himself that tend to a tiresome self-pity, but is part of the evolution of the character. One cannot love everyone. It is a feature that I hate on characters, but it is a personality trait that exists and needs to be described.
Great book. Five stars. The series ended very well.
Bem diferente dos livros anteriores. Aliás, Sanderson é bom em fazer isso; sequências diferenciadas. Grandes surpresas. Nesse livro o prazer está não tanto no jogo político, como no livro anterior, mas na evolução o mundo e das raças dele, e na própria explicação de como surgiram aquelas criaturas.
Diferente de Starwars, por exemplo, que temos o fiasco dos Midclorians, nesta história Sanderson nos explica como as raças foram criadas, os seus propósitos e a própria evolução do personagem do Lord Ruler, o que ele deveria estar pensando, quando construiu o mundo daquela forma. O que é esquisito começa a fazer sentido, e começamos a sentir empatia até pelos mais terríveis personagens.
Minha ressalva talvez seja no personagem de Sazed, que tem muitos diálogos maçantes que tendem a uma autopiedade cansativa, mas faz parte da evolução do personagem. Não dá para adorar todo mundo. É uma característica que detesto em personagens, mas é um traço de personalidade que existe que precisa ser descrito.
Ótimo livro. Cinco estrelas. A série terminou muito bem.
The only real complaints I have are actually pretty common in fantasy: The tropes (inoffensive), the dialogue (not enough writing style to differentiate most characters, but mostly inoffensive) and the "stop re-explaining the fundamentals, and simply tell people that they're expected to read them in order!" (somewhat offensive/time-wasting).
In all, this series has been great -- very fun, and very hard to put down.